The Bears are dancing! Celebratory chest bumps for everybody! - Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Breathe a sigh of relief, Cal fans: The Bears are in the NCAA tournament, and they don't even have to take a trip to Dayton!
CBS made us wait a bit, but the Bears will be dancing. And, frankly, the committee gave the Bears a gift. For the first time in forever, Cal is the team playing in their own backyard, in San Jose. If we all don't make Silicon Valley Bear Territory next weekend, then we should all be ashamed of ourselves.
And it's a team we know the Bears are capable of beating, because it's a rematch of an earlier game between the Bears and the UNLV Runnin' Rebels. Cal lost a heart-breaker at Haas Pavilion this year on a last second buzzer-beater. The committee seemingly broke a rule about avoiding rematches, but it works in Cal's favor in the end. UNLV is a solid team, but we know Cal can compete.
The game will be on Thursday, and although a tip time hasn't been announced it would be fair to guess that the game will be later in the day, as West Coast games tend to get played later in the day.
Cal will be joined in San Jose by Syracuse and Montana. The winner of that game will play the winner of Cal/UNLV. Also in San Jose? The Oregon Ducks, who are also a 12 seed despite their Pac-12 tournament championship this weekend.
CGB will have plenty more about the Runnin' Rebels and the rest of the East Region bracket that the Bears have been placed in. Use this thread to talk about how all of you wonderful people are going to get down to San Jose on Thursday to make all kinds of crazy noise for Allen Crabbe, Justin Cobbs, and the rest of our Bears.